Fluid Dynamics News: F1, Bubbles, Nanoballs, and Flowers

Browsing through the news today I can across an interesting array of fluid dynamics related stories that I thought I'd share. So if you want to see how the Williams F1 team uses CFD and wind tunnels, or why a half-full (or is it half-empty?) bottle of water breaks when you hit it in a certain way (clue: cavitation), or how to make nanoballs (clue: bristles), and more, check out the links below.

Bottles, Bubbles, and Breakage

A firm slap of the hand will break a glass bottle filled with water. A new fluid dynamics video shows exactly why. Read more >>

Fun With Physics: How To Make Tiny Medicine Nanoballs

For the past decade, scientists have been toying with the notion of encapsulating medicine in microscopic balls. Read more >>

Flowery Flow: A Fluid Dynamics "Poppy" Captures Prize

Concordia University in Montreal engineer Hoi Dick Ng and his student Anna Chtchetinina created the image and entered it into the annual AIP competition for the best entry related to fluid dynamics, the science of how liquids and gases move. Read more >>

Drops on Drops on Drops

If you put the pool of water on top of a loud speaker, you can vibrate the surface. This vibration can cause water droplets to continuously bounce and levitate atop the liquid surface. Read more >>

Research addresses complex multiscale and multiphase cloud physics problems

Co-authored with Wojciech Grabowski, a senior scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the paper, titled "Growth of Cloud Droplets in a Turbulent Environment," addresses a classic cloud physics problem of how cloud turbulence affects the growth of tiny cloud droplets. Read more >>

Fluid dynamics cut Evero Aseptic development by years – Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak claims to have cut the development time of its recently launched Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle by years through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental fluid dynamics (EFD). Read more >>

New Tankship Design by Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Ship Design has developed a double hull, single screw crude oil tanker featuring a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) optimised hull to provide less resistance with higher propulsion efficiency. Read more >>

Balloons and water part of Coquitlam science lab

The goal, principal Nadine Tambellini said, was to get students involved in science and to teach them about fluid dynamics during National Science and Technology Week. Read more >>

University of Wyoming Student Wins Trip to Supercomputing Conference

By virtue of the University of Wyoming graduate student’s win in the poster presentation category at the recent Front Range High-Performance Computing (HPC) Symposium, Baker earned a trip - all expenses paid - to the Supercomputing 12 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 10-16. Read more >>

Half Full or Half Empty?

The project manager says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Read more >>